First, it was cleaning products, then houses. Now, the newest trend in environmentally conscious design is biodegradable suits made from recycled plastic materials. Last year, US retail giant Sears rolled out their $200 EcoGIR suit for men and, now, UK-based Debenhams is offering an $80 women’s suit combo made from melted-down plastic woven into a durable polyester fabric. While many applaud the chain’s commitment to environmentally conscious fashion, some claim that the fabric itself won’t be appearing on many runways soon due to its stiffness and the rough texture of the polyester. Though a plastic/fabric hybrid may be a ways away from being a household staple, the past year in fashion has proven that the world is ready for sustainable textiles.

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